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  1. One man’s dream of a domestic NBA exhibition tour

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    As fears mount that the NBA lockout could drag out longer than any of us want (it already has, but that’s another story), there has been talk of NBA players on exhibition tours, particularly through places like China. Basically a Nike-fueled agent’s dream where NBA players put on a show, sell some shoes and everyone…

  2. Video: Nick Young drops 60 at the Drew League

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

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    While Kevin Durant is lighting up New York, Nick Young has been putting on a show out on the left coast. He was at the Drew League in Los Angeles on Sunday and dropped 60 points. Below we bring you the video proof — and you get to see is fantastic hair. That’s fashion model…

  3. NBA 2K12 to have 15 legends of the game added

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    NBA 2K12

    Last season, NBA 2K11 brought back vintage Michael Jordan, let you control His Airness and match his best Bulls teams against today’s teams. Even the Timberwolves. It worked so well, 2K Sports (the company that makes the game) is taking it to the next level. We showed you the covers to this year’s game —…

  4. Mike Woodson may be close to being Knicks assistant

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Former Hawks head coach Mike Woodson seems to be closer to being the lead assistant coach under Mike D’Antoni with the New York Knicks, to being the Knicks designated defensive coordinator. Woodson and D’Antoni met Monday and things seem to be moving in that direction, according to Marc Berman at the New York Post. Woodson…

  5. LeBron James has Tim Tebow’s back (at least on twitter)

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Tim Tebow is in the middle of a media storm with ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge just pretty much shredding him. But not to worry, LeBron James has his back. At least on twitter. Wednesday night LeBron tweeted: Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL. He’s a hard worker, a student of the game, a…

  6. Ray Patterson, former Bucks, Rockets president, dies

    Aug 4, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Ray Patterson, a man who played a big role in the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets franchises, has passed away at the age of 89 after battling heart and lung diseases. Patterson was the president of the expansion Milwaukee Bucks, helping form maybe the most successful NBA expansion team ever (while keeping his job as…

  7. Nate Robinson invited to Seahawks training camp

    Aug 4, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Nate Robinson

    This is a very Pete Carroll move. And a very Nate Robinson move. Robinson was an undersized but feisty cornerback at the University of Washington before he was an undersized but feisty NBA point guard. While other guys have talked of going to Europe during the NBA lockout Robinson has talked of playing in the…

  8. Darius Miles arrested for having gun at airport

    Aug 4, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    Darius Miles was not likely to be seen in the NBA again — Charlotte kicked the tires on him in training camp last season then waived him, and no team picked him up — but this certainly isn’t going to help his comeback chances. Miles was arrested at Lambert Field, the primary St. Louis area…

  9. Union chief Hunter thinks entire season will be lost

    Aug 4, 2011, 8:33 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    This is partially a negotiating tactic. It is part scare tactic. But it works. It’s scary. Speaking at a legal seminar on Wednesday, NBA players union executive director Billy Hunter said if he had to bet on it, he’s bet the entire 2011-12 season will be lost due to the lockout, according to the Baltimore…

  10. Video: 15 best dunks of July Pro-Ams

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

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    Usually about this time, we’d bring you a a highlight package of dunks from the Vegas Summer League. But there was no Vegas Summer League. Damn lockout. But the guys at Ball is Life put together a sweet package of highlight dunks from events around the country. It’s good stuff. And it’s the best basketball…

  11. What is Jerry Sloan doing these days? Selling his tractors.

    Aug 3, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Some guys walk away from the game, say they are retiring, and you just know they are coming back. It’s not easy to walk away from the glamour, the money, the camaraderie that can come with being part of an NBA team. But when Jerry Sloan abruptly walked away from Utah in February, you just…

  12. Brandon Jennings summer internship blows yours away

    Aug 3, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 7

    Brandon Jennings has popped up at a couple East Coast Pro-Am runs this summer, but mostly he has been focused on his new internship. Of course, it’s a pretty sweet internship. Way, way better than the one you had at 21. Jennings is one of the star endorsers of Under Armour, and as an “intern”…

  13. Britain gets insurance; Deng, Gordon to play EuroBasket

    Aug 3, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    The “group of death” at EuroBasket just got a more deadly. That’s because Great Britain — considered the weakest team at the group — just got a whole lot stronger with the addition of the Bulls Luol Deng and the Pistons Ben Gordon. Deng announced that he would be playing — meaning the British basketball…

  14. Kevin Durant shuts up a heckler at NYC Pro-Am game

    Aug 3, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

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    Who heckles Kevin Durant? The guy drops 66 points at Rucker Park draining threes over double teams (Scott Brooks does not want you to take that shot, KD) and the next day the crowd is all over him? Man, New York City can be tough. But Durant gets the last laugh. He’s tougher. Watch the…

  15. It’s all good between Warriors, Chris Mullin as he enters hall

    Aug 3, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

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    Chris Mullin is a Golden State Warriors icon. A star player, five-time All-Star and part of Run TMC, the golden years for Golden State. It was those years that helped him get elected to the Hall of Fame. He then went on to the front office and was the GM the one time this franchise…

  16. Specter of death seems to haunt Lamar Odom

    Aug 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    You think Lamar Odom lives a charmed life. Professional basketball player, complete with championship rings. Reality television star. His own line of clothing. But Lamar Odom knows tragedy. All too well. He had to bury his mom at age 12. His grandmother raised him from there but she passed in 2004. In 2006 his own…

  17. Stan Van Gundy has handles (and we don’t mean love)

    Aug 3, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    Since the Magic’s season ended at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks, we’ve said Orlando has to find another guy who can handle the rock and create some open looks for teammates. Jameer Nelson can do that, and after that… Gilbert Arenas? See what we mean. Looks like we may have found the guy —…

  18. Farmar, Ilyasova, Wright three latest to sign in Europe

    Aug 3, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Jordan Farmar

    David Stern is so, so concerned about how players signing overseas might impact the players union. He is such an empathetic guy. Don’t think there’s anything self-centered about his comments at all. Nope. He’s not saying that hoping to divide the union. It’s only out of genuine, heart-felt concern. But outside of D-Will, only one…

  19. Turkish team decides to take Patty Mills over Dooling

    Aug 3, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Reports had come out that Keyon Dooling — last seen as a guard off the bench for the Milwaukee Bucks — was going to play for Turkish team Anadolu Efes during the lockout. But it turns out, Anadolu Efes would rather have Patty Mills (last seen as a guard off the Trail Blazers bench). That’s…

  20. One zealous fan gets Kobe Bryant calf tattoo

    Aug 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    We’ve got Dirk Nowitzki on an a–, a woman with Thunder thighs, a LeBron James calf tattoo, and now…. The Kobe Bryant calf tattoo. You can see the entire thing to the right (via CBSSports Eye on Basketball). My first thought — that’s actually some really impressive work. I most enjoy seeing Kobe in “The…

  21. Rubio says he’ll only play in Europe if full NBA season lost

    Aug 3, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    Ricky Rubio is not running back to Barcelona. The powerhouse European team reportedly want him back during the NBA lockout, but Rubio doesn’t plan on going back unless the full NBA season is lost, he told mundodeportivo.com (via Hoopshype, translation from friend of the site Xavier Sanchez, a basketball coach in Spain you can follow…

  22. Video: Shaq drives tiny cars on Conan

    Aug 3, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

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    Retired or not, Shaquille O’Neal is one of the biggest personalities and stars the NBA has. And Shaq gives good television. I’ much rather watch him than David Stern talking lawsuits. Shaq tells good stories, like trying to just drop in at the White House unannounced and saying he wants to see President Obama (even if…

  23. Add Sam Mitchell to Timberwolves coaching search list

    Aug 3, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Orlando Magic, Game Five

    Minnesota has time to take in finding a new coach, what with the lockout and all, so they are using it to interview virtually everyone. Enter Sam Mitchell, the former Toronto Raptors head coach, who will be the latest to interview for the Timberwolves job, according to Jerry Zgoda at the Star Tribune. It’s not…

  24. Stern not collecting his massive salary during lockout

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    David Stern makes a lot of money. A staggering amount of money, although apparently more people know the codes in the nuclear football than how much Stern actually makes. But Stern isn’t making that much right now. He is not getting paid during the lockout, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. Stern essentially said as…

  25. Rafer Alston sued over fight at strip club

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    Rafer Alston is out of the NBA — he played last season in China — but the man still knows how to make headlines. The former NBA point guard is being sued over an alleged altercation from a year ago, according to the New York Post. The former NBA athlete, 35, who’s originally from Jamaica,…

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